Articles: Fear Free

January 18 2021

Keeping Pets Safe in the Cold; Going Batty

Keeping our pets safe in cold weather on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio. For example, do dogs require a winter coat? If so, what types of dogs? Does the age of the dog matter? Does breed or mix matter? I talk with Dr. Susan Ferraro, past president of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. Listen…

December 30 2020

10 Resolutions for Pets for 2021

Here are my 10 resolutions for pets for 2021 Fear Free: The Fear Free initiative has grown from the little idea that was so brilliant – yet obvious – that it continues to spread across the planet. The notion began with a focus on veterinary professionals addressing emotional well-being, as well as physical health. Our…

November 29 2020

Two Legends for Pets in One WGN Radio Show: Dr. Fine, Dr. Ettinger

Gratitude – for having the opportunity not only interview legends, but also calling these two pioneers my friends. And, to learn what they have to say….Listen HERE to both Dr. Aubrey Fine and Dr. Stephen Ettinger on my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio show. Dr. Aubrey Fine, professor emeritus California Polytech State University, licensed…

October 18 2020

Petco Stops the Shock; Halloween Pet Safety; New Test for Kidney Disease in Cats

In the midst of a pandemic when competition for sales has never been higher, Petco stood up and stood out and declared they are no longer selling e-collars or shock collars. Listen HERE to my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio show, as I interview Fear Free Certified National Training Manager at Petco Darris Cooper.…

October 7 2020

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

With another hurricane making landfall and wildfires continuing out west, disaster preparedness is the topic of conversation with Dr. Doug Kratt, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show. Bottom line: Being prepared will save pets’ lives. Dr. Kratt says always if you can evacuate with…

October 1 2020

Steve Dale Fear Free Talk in 2018

Speaking about Fear Free back in 2018    

September 24 2020

Helping a Fearful Dog

Q: “Our 9-month-old Lagotto Italian Water Dog was grazed by a fast-moving car as we were on a sidewalk a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the vet technician at the emergency room was not gentle with him traumatizing him even more. Champ wasn’t seriously injured but is now frightened by the sound of cars even when…

September 15 2020

Dominance Dog Training, Absolutely Makes NO Sense

Back at the height of Cesar “the Dog Whisperer” Millan’s popularity, I quickly realized his dominance dog training techniques are potentially be dangerous if others truly follow that advice, ultimately causing more harm than good. On the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association, we negotiated with the National Geographic Channel to create warnings…

September 1 2020

Becker Family on the Pandemic and Pets

Dr. Marty Becker, creator of Fear Free and Mikkel Becker, who is a dog trainer talk on Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio (2 parts) about what’s happening right now at this unique time for all of us, including our pets. Both Beckers with veterinary behaviorists Dr. Lisa Radosta and Dr. Wailani Sung co-authored From…

July 13 2020

All Abut Dog Daycare in Times of COVID-19

Dog trainer Robin Bennett talks here on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about what you should consider before heading back to dog daycare or boarding your dog. It’s so exceedingly unlikely that a dog will get COVID-19 from being boarded, and it may be impossible to for dogs to even possibly get…

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